[Q/A] Sabarimala: Rationalising Skewed Perspectives — A Talk By Anand Prasad

Main Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8HKH…

In this Q/A session Anand Prasad Answers to the questions from the audience. In main talk, Anand Prasad talks about understanding the Supreme Court ruling on Sabarimala. He questions why is it difficult for the court to see the traditional Indian viewpoint? The notion is that a secular State is viewed as a godless state, as against a State that accepts all gods. The court is an institution of rational thought and hence struggles to sanctify an argument in myth. There are multiple schools of Hinduism and they differ from each other.

The problem arises when the court applies principles of the bhakti school (or the idea of “faith”) to other schools of Hinduism. For presenting the arguments in review before the Supreme Court, the science of temples need to be understood, the science of energy needs to be understood. It is also important to understand that there are different rules for different rituals and how the difference to one set of people may look like discrimination to another set of people. An abuse of the rules of a temple could result in a depletion of the temple’s specific energy and an eventual destruction.

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